Finally Mr Anurag Kashyap 2.0 has finally made a movie that I could walk out of, feeling good about myself….that also after a long time ( post Bombay Velvet and Raman Raghav 2.0)
A low caste boxer (Shravan) trains at a gym controlled by a local Don (Bhagwan Das Mishra). Shravan falls for Mishra’s niece (Sunaina).
The Don does not approve of this match. Shravan strives to win Sunaina’s hand in marriage and become a successful boxer while trying to avoid retaliation from the Don
There are essentially three kinds of boxing movies: those that offer a grim, tell-it-as-it-is perspective of life in the ring, those that focus on the business aspects of things, and those that seek to uplift through a rags-to-riches story.
Mukkabaaz, belongs unabashedly in the third category. Although the movie contains realistic elements and is set in a believable arena, it is essentially a Love Story about a local small time boxer of UP who gets a chance to prove himself of a lifetime, and, at the same time, wins the girl.
Mukkabaaz certainly doesn’t boast of all the sports movie clichés in a way will captivate the audience and will bring a smile to your face.
According to the credits, the lead actor Mr Vineet Kumar Singh happens to be the co-writer of the film, after making rounds and visiting various producers and studios, he finally narrates it to Mr Kashyap , who instantly agrees to direct it and the rest is history
The core aspect of Mukkabaaz is that many people will enjoy is that it’s as much a tender love story as it is about ring action.
Shravan is a passionate boxer aka UP ka Mike Tyson – someone who will fight anyone for anything.
His lone ambition is to represent his State in boxing. He is a bachelor and lives in a lower middle class home with his parents (father constantly taunts him) One fine day, his eyes falls on Sunaina the gutsy deaf niece of Bhagwan das. Shravan instantly falls in love with her, but has to pay a heavy price to be with her.
That’s why the film’s final scene is less concerned with the result of the match than with the result of the romance.
What makes Mukkabaaz special is that it concentrates on characters, not sports. There are many fights -but it’s not the highlight of the film.
In between, every screen moment is used to develop Shravan as a person. He is not traditional hero material – he’s crude, stupid, boorish, and has high aspirations.
Nevertheless, there’s something likable about the guy, and it has its root in the gentle, caring way he treats Sunaina. And it’s this relationship that’s the key to making Shravan’s ending look convincing.. He may lose the fight, but he gains so much more.
The supporting cast featured a number of under rated, character actors. The most recognizable and colorful of these were Jimmy Shergill and Ravi Kishen who take the movie to a different level with their fine performances.
Overall. Mukkabaaz has a lot of heart, and, while Anurag Kashyap 2.0deserves some credit for this, Vineet Kumar Singh ‘s contributions were equally important.
The direction of scenes and performances are masterful – Kashyap’s handling of few scenes makes us believe we’re watching a real film.
In many ways, Mukkabaaz is a picture that should be watched. by all.
A MUST WATCH